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Earl of Willingdon’s Viceroy Presentation Medal 1931-1936 . Bronze issue (Nathoo Ram, Cooly, 1936)

Dimension: 51mm

Suspension: Bronze claw with ring

Obverse: Conjoined busts of Lord and Lady Willingdon, with legend

Reverse: The Coat of Arms of Lord Willingdon

The recipient Nathoo Ram was an Indian of the Hindu faith, employed as a 'Cooly' (Labourer), who was decorated with the medal in 1936

Note: The early Viceroys medals were generally issued without suspensions - and there was never any approved riband authorised for wear with the medal throughout the history of the entire series. Later issues of the medal were fitted with suspension rings, but again no ribands were issued. The awards were generally awarded after long lengths of service, and or at retirement, amd recipients either serving, or retired could at their discretion fit their awards with ribands, and or mountings as they preferred. Reference 'Orders and Medals Miscellany of Honours 1985', and the artiile 'Viceroys and the Viceroy's Medals: Part 2, by the late Judge Henry Pownall for details and illustrations of these rare and highly prized awards of the British Raj. In the articles referred to, there appears illustrations of recipients wearing their awards, including 'Bahadur', a Native Headman, who wears a 'Linlithgow' medal on his chest suspended from an unusually long broad riband, with broad light centre and dark borders, while another recipient 'Nazir Ahmed', a Barber, in his livery, is shown wearing a 'Mountbatten of Burma' medal which is 'sans' riband and attached to his emroidered dress 'Kurta' by hooks!

Verys scarce

Condition: About EF

Code: 18935Price: 285.00 GBP

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Delhi Durbar Medal 1911. Silver issue (1284 Pte A. Proudfoot RH)

Note: The Delhi Durbar Medal 1911 is regimentally locally impressed in the correct style for awards of this medal to the 2nd Royal Highlanders (Black Watch)

Important: The medal is verified on the respective medal roll of 2nd Battalion Black Watch (Royal Highlanders), reference WO 100/400

Abraham Proudfoot, the son of Alexander & Margaret Proudfoot, was a native of Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, where born circa 1890. The 1901 National Census for Scotland records Abraham as a Scholar, residing with his parents, two elder sisters and an elder brother (two other elder brothers were already by this time serving with the Black Watch) and living at the family home located at, 17 St. Patrick Square, Edinburgh. Abraham enlisted in the British Army, sometime in 1908, joining the 'Family Regiment, the Black Watch (Royal Highlanders), and was subsequently drafted overseas to British India, where 2nd Black Watch were serving their overseas tour between 1902-1914. During his service in British India, Abraham had the distinction of serving at the great imperial assembelage - the Delhi Durbar - held at Delhi in December 1911, and the only time a ruling British monarch visited British India - and whereat the 2nd Battalion Royal Highlanders provided a Guard of Honour at the Durbar ceremonies. The 2nd Royal Highlanders (Black Watch), received new regimental colours from the King Emperor, George V, at Delhi, and layer silver Durbar medals were issued to the few 'selected' all-ranks of the regiment, including a covetted award being issued to Abrham Proudfoot (the medal roll refers)

At the the outbreak of the Great War in August 1914, Abraham was still in India, serving at Bareilly Cantonment, where his battalion was a constituent unit of the mixed 'Bareilly Brigade', of the newly created 7th (Meerut) Division of the Army in India. Meerut Division was mobilized for war service and embarked from India for France on 21 September 1914. The 2nd Black Watch, with Abraham, now a Lance Corporal, first entering a theatre of war 'France', when he disembarked at Marseilles, France, on 12 October 1914. Abraham was never alone, while serving in India, or after disembarkation in France, as soldiering was very much in the Proudfoot blood, and the Black Watch was the family regiment, with Abraham having two older brothers serving in the battalion at the same time as senior NCO's, vis, Pipe-Sergeant Archibald Proudfoot (Prisoner-of War, 27 September 1915) & Company Sergeant Major Robert Proudfoot (Killed-in-Action 21 January 1916) - a magnificent fighting Back Watch tradition. For his services in the Great War, Private Abraham Proudfoot received a 1914 Star with dated clasp, British War Medal & Interallied Victory Medals (reference the respective medal rolls WO 329/2460 & WO 329/1351). Abraham survived the Great War and continued to serve with 'The Colours' and with the Black Watch into the 1920's, receiving his unique Army Number 2744696 in 1920. Later per Army Order 368 of 1926, he was in that year awarded his Military Long Service & Good Conduct Medal

A splendid large group photograph titled 'Belfast Family's Army Record' was published in the Belfast Evening Telegraph issue of 8 October 1914, including named photographs of all the Proudfoot family brothers and cousins then in uniform (8 of them) together with other family members

A most desirable Delhi Durbar Medal, to a son of a proud and loyal family that served in the Black Watch - the senior and most famous of the Highland Regiments

Sold together with some copied research, including extract page from the Delhi Durbar Medal roll

Condition: Toned VF

Code: 18679Price: 285.00 GBP

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Delhi Durbar Medal 1911. Silver issue. 'Female' issue mounted on original silk bow riband, as worn by female recipients

Un-named as issued

The original silk riband 'sans' mounting pin

Condition: GVF

Code: 18933Price: 195.00 GBP

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Delhi Durbar Medal 1911. Silver issue (Sub Inspector Durga Nath, Punjab Police)

Medal is contemporary script engraved in the atypical style for awards issued to police serving with the Punjab Police contingent that were present in Delhi during the Durbar of 1911

Uncommon seen named to an Indian provincial police officer holding the rank of Sub-Inspector

Condition: About VF

Code: 19451Price: 115.00 GBP

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Delhi Durbar Medal 1911. Silver issue (W. G. A. Hanrahan. Govt India.)

Medal verified reference 'The Indian Biographical Dictionary (1915)'

From same above cited source;


Hanraham, William George Augustine; 4th s. of Mr. Patrick William and Mary Bridgeway of Limerick, Ireland; educ: Old Hall, England; m. Regina, d. of late George Aviet; 1 s. and 1 d.; won Delhi Durbar medal, 1911; K-I-H. medal, 1912; Order of St. John, 1913; Royal Red Cross of Japan, 1914; Vice-President for India for the League of Mercy, Head-quarters Dufferin Fund, Victoria Scholarships Fund, St. John Ambulance Association, and St. John Ambulance Brigade. Address; Viceregal Lodge, Delhi, India. Club: Junior Conservative


From sources consulted, Hanrahan received below orders & decorations;

- Member of the Order of the British Empire (Civil). LG Date 1919
- Order of St John of Jerusalem
- Kaisar-I-Hind. GV First class Gold
- Delhi Durbar Medal 1911. Silver
- Order of the League Of Mercy
- Voluntary War Work in India 1914-1919 Badge
- Japan: Red Cross Order (1914)

Note: The Delhi Durbar medal was the only named medal worn by the recipient - all the recipient's British and World Orders bestowed upon him being un-named

A most interesting and multi-decorated recipient - and the founding father of the St John Ambulance Brigade in India

Condition: About EF

Code: 19164Price:

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Delhi Durbar Medal 1911. Silver issue

Un-named as issued

The original silk riband fitted with a contemporary silver mounting brooch. This latter retainign the long hinged pin and clasp fittings, and as-worn

Condition: Toned about EF

Code: 18934Price:

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Delhi Durbar Medal 1911. Silver issue. Mounted on original 'Lady's' bow riband, as worn by female recipients. Named to (M. L. Gruning Delhi Dec: 1911)

The medal riband complete with mounting bar attached, this latter retaining its hinged pin and clasp fittings

Important: Recipient is positively identified as Mabel Lydia Grunning (nee Baker), who was the wife of senior Indian Civil Service Officer, Sir John Frederick Grunning, C.I.E., I.C.S.

Mabel Lydia Gruning (nee Baker), was the daughter of Edward Biscay Marenatus Baker (Deputy Inspector General of Indian Police) and Margaret Susannah Baker (nee Day). Mabel was an overseas born British citizen, born at Barrackpore, India, on 13 July 1879. Mabel married John Frederick Gruning, I.C.S., at Dibrugarh, Assam, India, on 27 May 1903

Mabel's husband, John Frederick Gruning, C.I.E. (1915), I.C.S., was the son and heir of Henry Gruning, and was born on 1 October 1870, at Hampstead, Middlesex, England. A graduate of Cambridge Univeristy, John joined the Indian Civil Service in 1892. John is recorded as having died at Patna, India, on 3 October 1922. During his long and distinguished career in the Indian Civil Service, he had spent many years in Assam, in which province he had held the appointment of Deputy Commissioner, and authored a book titled 'Eastern Assam and Assam District Gazetteer' that was published in 1911

Mabel Lydia Gruning, is recorded as having died at Poole, Dorset, England in 1960

The original silk riband 'sans' mounting pin

A scarce 'named' Delhi Durbar medal named to a female recipient

Condition: About EF

Code: 19331Price: 195.00 GBP

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Delhi Durbar Medal 1911. Silver issue (7646 G W Henderson D of W's Regt Delhi Durbar 1911)

Note: The Delhi Durbar Medal 1911 is contemporary named in engraved stippled (sans serif) block letters

Important: The medal is verified on the respective medal roll of 1st Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment, reference WO 100/400 - where his forename initials are wrongly shown as 'J'. A total of 118 medals to 'All-Ranks' were awarded to the regiment

George William Henderson, son of George (born in Scotland) and Sarah Ann Henderson was a native of Middlesborough, North Riding of Yorkshire, England, where he was born on 22 June 1886, and in which place he was baptized on 4th July 1886. At the time of his baptism the family resided at 15 Graham Street, Middlesbrough. He is recorded as having served as a volunteer in the 'Militia', when he attested at Leeds, England, on 18 July 1903, at which time he joined his local Militia battalion, the 3rd (Militia) Battalion Duke of Welington's Regiment, holding the regimental number (6425). At the time of his enlistment in the Militia, he described himself as being employed as a 'Labourer', and was living at home with his parents and siblings at 48a Garnett Grove, Dewesbury Road, Hunslet, Leeds, his his 'Next of Kin' as being his parents George and Sara Henderson, with older brother John, and younger sister Lydia (in total he had 7 x siblings, the 1901 'Census' recording the 'other' younger siblings as; Alice, David, James, Frank & Walter). His extant 'Militia' papers (held at The National Archives) show that he had completed 49 days service with the Militia on 4 September 1903, and that on 29 October 1903, he joined the 'Regular' British Army, being subsequently posted to 1st Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. 1/DWR, served continuously in India between 1905-1919, during which time the unit was located at numerous cantonments across British India including;

- 1905: Sitapur
- 1907: Rhaniket
- 1910: Solon
- 1912: Ambala

In April 1911, the National Census for England & Wales, records George serving at Ambala Cantonment, India. In December 1911 he was one of the regimental detachment present at the great imperial assemblage - the Delhi Durbar - and the only occasion that a ruling British monarch visited British India. At the Durbar the 1st Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment, received new regimental colours from the King Emperor, George V. Later silver Durbar medals were issued to the few 'selected' all-ranks of the regiment, including this verified award issued to George William Henderson.

Although 1/DWR remained in India throughout the Great War, George - a qualified Signaller - was deployed on active service in theatre 5a 'Mesopotamia / Bushire', and for his services in 1915 and post-war campaigns, George was awarded 4 x campaign medals as under;

- 1914-15 Star: Ref WO 329/2718
- British War & Interallied Victory Medals: Ref WO 329/1228
- IGS 1908. GV & clasp 'AfghAnistan NWF 1919': Ref WO/100/I17/483'

The recipient's respective Medal Index Card (see on-line records of The National Archives) show that George first entered theatre of war 'Asia' on 15 October 1915. A qualified 'Signaller' (the IGS medal roll refers), George continued to serve with the Duke of Wellington's Regiment post war, including active service on the North West Frontier during the 'Third Afghan War of 1919', and later in Palestine, where he was located at Sarfand in March 1921. The Great War medal rolls compiled and dated, November 1921, record him as still serving) at which time he held the unique British Army number 4601909 - this latter number being in the block allocated to The Duke of Wellington's Regiment

After retiring from the British Army, George William Henderson, returned to Leeds, Yorkshire, where in 1939, he is recorded as residing at 148 Meadow Lane, Leeds, with his wife Elizabeth (born 21 March 1897) and daughter Jeannie Bardsley, nee Henderson (born 3 March 1925), at which time he was employed as a Clerk with the Corps of Commissioners

Condition: VF

Code: 18932Price:

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Coronation Medal 1911. Mounted on a 'Female' bow riband

The medal mounted on original 'Female bow' silk riband, retaining the original mounting pin with pin and clasp fittings

An attractive example of a Coronation Medal mounted for wear by a woman recipient

Condition: EF

Code: 19168Price: 85.00 GBP

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Jubilee Medal 1935

The medal mounted on good length of stitched silk riband, and as-worn by a recipient

Condition: GVF

Code: 19160Price: 35.00 GBP

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